Published by Samhain Publishing on August 25th, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Plan to survive: befriend a monster. Not in the plan: falling in love with him.
As one of the few humans left alive, Lyric knows a hundred different ways to surviveÔÇönone of them pretty. Anything to stay out of the ÔÇ£farmsÔÇØ where the not-so-mindless zombies keep humans they eat to prevent themselves from rotting.
But humans have to eat too. While foraging for food, sheÔÇÖs captured and taken to a farm. Her fate seems sealedÔÇöuntil she notices one of the zombies watching her with a different kind of hunger in his eyes.
Anson clings to the hope that he can somehow overcome the disease that turned him into a cannibal. Lyric stirs needs and desires heÔÇÖs forgotten he had, and her fighting spirit brings back the ragged edge of a past that long ago slipped from his memory.
When Anson offers moments of freedom in exchange for her help, Lyric grabs the chance to survive. She never thought her emotions would cast a very different light on the monsterÔÇªor that desire would complicate her plan to escape.
Warning: Contains a hopeless romantic zombie trying to find his humanity, and a plucky heroine desperate for a way outÔÇöeven if itÔÇÖs down a zombieÔÇÖs pants. Not for the faint of heartÔÇªor the squeamish. LetÔÇÖs just say kissing is off the menu.
I love a good zombie story with some romance in the mix. But really good zombie books are few and far in between.
Luckily, Bring Me To Life by August Kert is one of those rare gems. It’s absolutely amazing and what makes it even more impressive is that it’s a debut novel. The concept is unique, introducing many fresh and original elements into a genre that often lacks creativity. It’s thought-provoking just as much as it is sexy and hot. It’s full of heart-break but makes it up with beauty and sweetness.
And it made me lose my heart to a zombieÔÇöirrevocably.
A zombie plague has taken the world over, forcing Lyrics to be on the run for the past 12 years. Forcing her to lead a life filled with death, loss, fear – making it hard to form bonds or relationships. Lyric does what she has to do in order to survive, not allowing herself to let emotions control her actions or decisions. Things change, when she gets taken while on a food run. Stuck in a “zombie farm”, she’s destined to become zombie food, until she realizes that one zombie seems to show interest in her. Pretending to befriend Anson, she hopes he might be her way out. By helping him remember his human side, she forms a bond with him – her one-way ticket out of hell. But soon she realizes that lines get blurry and that Anson might be more human than she thinks, more human than her.
What started out as a ploy to regain freedom, quickly is complicated by the feelings they evoke within each other and a passion that burns hot and bright in a world that is otherwise consumed by darkness.
But can a zombie and a human have a future together or are they destined to end each otherÔÇÖs existence?
The story kept me on the edge of my seat. The last 50% cost me my fingernails and might have added some weight to my hips through excessive chocolate eating. There was no indication on how things will go and that was pure torture with the way I cared for Lyric and Anson. And it’d be impossible not to care about those two characters.
Lyric is one butt-kicking heroine, who’s a fighter through and through. Unwilling to back down, she is determined to fight until her last breath. Loss and tragedy have made her cold and calculating, but between a new friend, Ivory, and Anson, the shackles around her heart are loosening.
I loved to see how she slowly started to change, allowing her softer side to surface while not sacrificing any of her power and strength.
Her attitude and her boldness made me like her right away and even though she might’ve made some questionable choices, it was all understandable in her fight for survival. The slow build of her feelings for Anson swept me up and allowed me to feel what she was feeling, while her willingness to fight for her happiness turned me into her cheerleader.
But damn, if that happiness involves Anson, I would fight for it too. Yes, he’s a zombie, but damn, he’s a good-looking one. His appeal goes deeper thank his looks though – he’s caring, sweet and gentle. His infatuation with Lyrics, his urge to be close to her made my heart go pitter patter. He’s not a man of many words, but the ones he did say transformed me into an emotional puddle, making me swoon something fierce.
He was thoughtful, eager to not only be human again but to also make Lyric happy. He wanted to protect her and keep her from any pain. Unfortunately, in their world that is not possible. But it didn’t keep him from trying.
Unlike the other zombies, he doesn’t just accept this existence. Instead he tries to find a way to himself, to his human side. His love for Lyric knows no limits as he’s willing to lay down his life for her. I have the biggest crush on him and I don’t think that’ll change anytime soon.
The plot, the characters, their interactions had me emotionally invested 150%. And the sex….damn, that was hot.
This was a fantastic read. Unique, original, mind-blowing.
5+ zombies-need-love-too stars.
~Review by Paula
(Previously posted on TBE)